Doha, Qatar, December 2, 2019 – Doha will host its second FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour of the 2019-2020 season with the 4-Star Katara Open.
The men-only tournament will run from March 9-13 at Katara Cultural Village in the north of the city. It is the second of 11 4-Star events on the 2019-2020 calendar and the winners will leave with 800 ranking points.
In November 2019 the Qatari capital organised the 1-Star Aspire Beach Volleyball Cup at Al-Gharrafa Beach Complex that Poland’s Jedrzej Brozyniak and Piotr Janiak won with a 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-12) over Russia’s Petr Bakhnar and Yury Bogatov.
Qatar has built up a strong tradition of hosting World Tour events since it hosted its first in 2014. Two more followed , then in 2018 the tournament grew from a 3-Star tournament to a 4-Star tournament.
In 2019 Chilean cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt won their first 4-Star gold when they defeated the USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) in the gold medal match.